Heunicke commented on Tuesday after the latest update to the figure, which reflects the level of transmission of the virus. An R-number over 1.0 will mean the epidemic grows, will it will recede if the measure is less than 1.0.
“This is fantastic and a very good place to be. We are succeeding in keeping the epidemic at a stable, low level and that gives us the basis to consider whether there is space for further reopening,” the minister wrote on Twitter.
Vi har ugens kontakttal: Det er endnu en gang beregnet til 1. Det er fantastisk flot og er et virkelig godt sted at være. Vi lykkes med at holde epidemien på et stabilt lavt niveau, og det giver os grundlag for at få vurderet, om der er plads til yderligere genåbning.#COVID19dk pic.twitter.com/kbWSHzTwl7
— Magnus Heunicke (@Heunicke) April 13, 2021
It is important to note that the value is an estimate an gives a slightly delayed impression of the current infection situation.
The number is calculated based on numbers of infections from around 10 days ago. It is one of several indicators used by authorities to assess the ongoing status of the pandemic. Others include the number of newly-hospitalised patients and number of new daily cases.
The total number of inpatients with Covid-19 in Denmark fell by 10 to 197 on Tuesday. That is the lowest figure since March 27th and far below the peak of 964, recorded on January 4th.
24 people were admitted to hospital during the last day, but a number were also discharged, reducing the total amount.
PCR testing detected 563 confirmed new cases from 155,519 tests nationally, giving a test positivity rate of 0.36 percent. That remains within the range of 0.3-0.5 percent which Denmark has held consistently since February.